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Summary

£43
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Ex-barrister Nisha Katona is nowadays one of the UK’s foremost restaurateurs on the success of her national chain, of which this “welcoming” and still mega-popular street-food café in a converted former bank was the original (and celebrates its tenth year in 2024). “Always a good choice for all the family: even the young ones will try the food here”“a very different take on Indian food, including some Indo-Chinese dishes that don’t normally get much of an airing”. Top Menu Tips – “favourite items include Gunpowder Chicken, Maa’s Lamb Chops, Butter Chicken and House Lamb Curry… the cocktails are definitely worth trying too”.

Summary

£42
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3
Good
4
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Former barrister Nisha Katona established the template for what is now an 18-strong (and counting) Indian street food chain with the 2014 launch of this “amazing conversion of an old bank”, serving “fabulous dishes” in a “vibrant atmosphere, full of hustle and bustle”. The “excellent value tiffin boxes” and “delicious yoghurt chaat bombs” are singled out for particular praise. Top Tip – “avoid sitting on one of the gimmicky swings, which prevent you from raising your elbows to eat!”.

Summary

£41
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3
Good
4
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Nisha Katona’s burgeoning chain has grown from its Pool base to number 12 outposts in total and is finally eyeing up a London opening – in Fitzrovia, on the former site of Côte Brasserie. Reporters “absolutely adore” its “Indian street food with a UK twist” (featuring “lovely, tasty and original flavours”, and served in tiffins), abetted by “good cocktails”.

Summary

£43
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3
Good
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Liverpool’s answer to London’s Dishoom” – Nisha Katona’s Indian street-food concept, “in the heart of the city”, has really nailed it, delivering “small sharing helpings of Mumbai-style street food”, alongside “yumblelicious” cocktails, served “by welcoming and knowledgeable staff” in a “modern and individual setting” (albeit one now being replicated around the country). Top Tip – “the always-good tiffin box option is the best”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
50

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £20.00

Starter Main Pudding
£3.20 £11.50 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.50
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Bread £3.75
Service 10.00%
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9:30 pm

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